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Las Vegas: a color-lover’s getaway

I must confess: I do love a quick long weekend getaway to Las Vegas and this one was maybe our best trip yet.  We ate, we shopped, we people-watched (is that a word?) and I found tons of great design inspiration around every corner. The first weekend in January after New Year’s was surprisingly quiet, and in a good way. We’re not gamblers and don’t particularly enjoy how crowded it can get, but it was chill and relaxed in all the best ways.

COLOR ME VEGAS

For this trip, we went with the Wynn, our first time to stay in that gloriously colorful hotel. Instagram went CRAZY over this gorgeous shot of the jaw-dropping floral buffet, and that’s only the tip of the inspiration iceberg.  We’ve got quite a bit of Vegas experience under our belt, and typically we stay at the Aria (those comfy beds!) but the Wynn has officially won our devotion from here on out.

Last year, I made the haul up to the north side of the Strip because I’d read how amazing the Wynn’s spa at Encore was. And it more than met up to all the hype; ever since then, I’ve been itching to take Simon back to stay at that gorgeous hotel.  We booked a regular room, but when we checked in late Friday night, we were offered an upgrade to one of the Tower Suites. At the Aria in the past, we’ve enjoyed their suites. You get a private entrance that whisks you straight to your room, away from the casino. You can totally avoid it the entire time if you so choose. So when we were offered the upgrade for an additional fee, we jumped for it at the Wynn. And it absolutely did not disappoint.

The room was enormous with two full baths, and an enormous combined living/bedroom space and the view of the mountains was spectacular. Our room also came with a resort restaurant credit, so we took advantage and tried out their famous buffet the next morning.

It’s also a cabana lover’s dream come true. With something like 5 pools, it’s surrounded by these happy little tents.

Oh hey. Here’s your private Tower Suites entrance.  Complete with koi, natch.

Every single surface is covered in a myriad of finishes. There’s not a single detail overlooked, and for the color and design lover in me, I couldn’t get enough. I cannot imagine the expense in building this thing.

  

Preston Bailey is responsible for all of the stunning floral displays, including this fully functional carousel. Reminds me of the Tournament of Roses.

When in doubt, put a tassel on it. Also, let’s talk about how gorgeous this aqua and blush situation is.

COLOR IS WHERE YOU LOOK FOR IT

Luckily I married a guy who’s happy to hit up all the amazing shopping in Vegas. It’s like nonstop eye candy, and I love seeing all the different displays. The color for spring 2018 is so bright and optimistic (don’t we need it so bad?!) and I love the variety of textures happening in this scene from Prada below.

Prada is consistently my favorite when it comes to color and style. She never fails to put something out there that’s so visually interesting and compelling. The craftsmanship is amazing – the beading on that mohair sweater is incredible.

Gucci was crazy colorful too, and the sneakers were wacky in the best way.

Look at these little fur pineapple bag charms at Fendi. I DIE. The color combinations were so interesting, especially that deep green and peach version.  And look – here’s an ice cream cone bag charm too!

Why YES. I would love a mink pompom-encrusted bag.

These reminded me  of fancy French candies.

Oh, and another fun color favorite is the stunning indoor gardens at Bellagio. There’s always a jaw-dropping whimsical display and use of flowers. It was being prepped for the upcoming Chinese New Year so I didn’t get a snap of it this year, but it’s always a highlight.

Speaking of color, don’t miss the 7 Magic Mountains installation out in the desert about 30 minutes south of Las Vegas.  You can rent a car or catch an Uber out there, and it is absolutely worth the effort to visit. We went last year and it was the highlight of our entire trip.

A LITTLE CHINOISERIE INSPO

The spa at the Wynn is maybe the most beautiful one I’ve ever been to. If you go, don’t feel pressure to book a pricy spa treatment (although I’m sure they’re fab). Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, you can get a day pass to use their facilities, including several plunge pools (both hot and cold), the sauna, relaxation rooms, etc, for anywhere from $40-60. You also can go for a few hours, leave for lunch, and then come back later in the day.

More Chinoiserie details. So good.

LUXE MODERN DETAILS

Ok, why can’t all pool tables look like this? This is so fab.

And finally, showgirls hanging out at the Bellagio fountains, checking their iPhones. #onlyinvegas  Oh, and did you know that you can visit the Rainbow Feather Company in Vegas? Yup – you can stock up on all those gorgeous colorful feathers at the same place the Vegas costumers visit.

BEST FOODIE FAVES TO EAT AT IN LAS VEGAS

At the Wynn, we tried the Buffet for brunch and it was worth every penny. At Encore, go to Andrea’s for modern Asian cuisine in a crazy chic setting, or try out the Country Club restaurant’s Jazz brunch. DIVINE.  The Terrace Cafe was great for an easy, yummy brunch (get the asian chicken salad or lobster club).

Other favorites: Momofuku, Momofuku Milk Bar, the secret pizza place and STK at Cosmopolitan. The Wolfgang Puck place whose name I forget at Crystals at Aria.

And in a pinch, Uber will absolutely take you to In-N-Out and wait for you to run in and grab your Double Double with extra cheese.


OK, that does it. Get that trip booked ASAP! I came home restored, refreshed and inspired for a whole new year.

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